Elegant styling; impressive power and handling ability; first-rate luxury trappings; off-road prowess; diesel engine option
Slightly claustrophobic interior when done in black; big blind spot over driver's shoulder; poor fuel economy with the V8; can feel like a bull in a china shop in crowded confines
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport gets a new interior, featuring Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The system features two 10-inch screens, 14 power points, a 110-volt plug and better connectivity function with smartphone apps. A new gesture control system allows the driver to open or close the power sunshade simply by making a hand gesture in front of the rearview mirror. On the mechanical front, the SVR sees horsepower elevated to 575, and by mid-summer, a plug-in hybrid will arrive as a 2019 model.
Go with the HSE and either the supercharged or turbodiesel V6, then load it up with option packages. You'll save a ton of cash, get better fuel economy than with the V8 and still have a very enjoyable SUV that will impress your friends and family. Want something with sportier intentions? The Dynamic trims are your best bet.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in six trims, each with their own optional upgrades: SE, HSE, Dynamic, Supercharged, Autobiography and SVR.
The base SE ($67,745) includes a supercharged V6 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive with adjustable Terrain Response settings, an air suspension with Automatic Access Height, front and rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning with autonomous emergency braking, 14-way power front seats, power-folding and heated side mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, a rearview camera, LED headlights, leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a power rear lift gate, 19-in alloy wheels, 8-speaker audio with InControl Touch Pro Duo featuring dual 10-in touchscreens and navigation.
The base SE Td6 ($69,745) includes the same equipment as the supercharged SE, but adds a diesel engine.
The HSE ($73,345) adds perforated and heated 16-way front seats, Windsor leather seating, fog lights, 20-in alloy wheels, heated front seats, a fixed panoramic sunroof and an 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system.
The HSE Td6 ($75,345) includes the same equipment as the supercharged HSE but adds the diesel engine.
The HSE Dynamic ($83,145) adds a 380-hp supercharged V6, unique exterior finishes, 21-in diamond finished wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, automatic high beam assist, 22-way climate front seats with heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, 360-degree parking aid with rearview camera, Adaptive Dynamics, a 19-speaker 825-watt Meridian sound system, sliding panoramic roof plus a contrasting black roof and exterior trim.
The Supercharged ($83,045) brings a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, a more sophisticated Terrain Response 2 all-wheel-drive system, All-Terrain Progress Control, Dynamic Response with lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential and Adaptive Dynamics with variable damper control.
The Supercharged Dynamic ($86,545) adds the same equipment as the HSE Dynamic, but with the supercharged V8.
The top-of-the-line Autobiography ($97,625) brings a 19-speaker Meridian audio system, automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, heated and ventilated 22-way power front seats, 21-in wheels, a 360-degree Surround View camera, a heated rear seat, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
The performance-oriented SVR ($114,575) brings more horsepower, a recalibrated sport suspension, an electronically-controlled active 2-stage exhaust, unique sport seats and interior trim, a recalibrated locking rear differential, 6-piston Brembo brakes, aggressive bumper and front fascia design and revised electric power steering.
Many of the Autobiography's standard features can be found in options packages on the other trims.
The Climate Comfort package adds a heated steering wheel, front center console refrigerated compartment and twin-blade sun visors. The Drive package adds blind-spot monitor, drive-condition monitor, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed monitor, while the Drive Pro package adds to this adaptive speed control, blind spot assist and lane-keep assist. A small third-row seat is added with 5+2 seating, while the Tow package adds Activity Key, Advanced Tow Assist and tow hitch receiver. Premium options include a 1,700-watt, 23-speaker Meridian audio system, climate-controlled rear seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, soft door closers and a rear-seat entertainment system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 BMW X5 -- The X5 may be the only SUV with better handling, but it's not large inside, and the ride can be somewhat punishing with the bigger wheel and tire setup.
2018 Porsche Cayenne -- The Cayenne offers more model choices, including a hybrid and a lower base price. However, you can't get a third-row seat option, and the Cayenne can't follow the Range Rover Sport in the toughest off-road situations.
2018 Audi Q7 -- Audi's Q7 feels a bit more carlike in the way it rides and handles, but offers no diesel or V8 engine option.
Used Mercedes-Benz AMG GL63 -- You'll get scintillating performance and more interior room in a 2011-2014 M-B AMG GL63, plus you can get a longer warranty via the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned program.